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February 3, 2014 - Mike McLain
The Cleveland Browns are reportedly on the verge of hiring Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator for new coach Mike Pettine.
Shanahan has been looking for employment since his father Mike was fired as coach of the Washington Redskins. The younger Shanahan was the Redskins offensive coordinator from 2010-13.
Prior to his stint with the Redskins, Kyle was offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. He was the Texans quarterbacks coach (2008-09) and receivers coach (2007).
It's doubtful the move will be received well by Browns fans, many of whom thought they had the right man in place to coordinate the offense in Norv Turner. Turner was fired after only one season on the job, along with coach Rob Chudzinski and defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Kyle will need everything to fall perfectly to have success. Most importantly, he needs the front office to bring in a quality quarterback to end the revolving door at the position since the expansion season of 1999.
Kyle will likely go into next season with Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback. Jason Campbell could be a cap casualty next month, and no one thinks Brandon Weeden will be allowed close to the field in a Browns uniform.
Chudzinski was hired last year partially because he could deliver Turner. Turner was readily accepted by fans, not because of his success as a head coach but because of his ability to work with quarterbacks and coach the Air Coryell offense.
Turner always seemed upset by the direction of the offense. He often talked about the futility of trying to have success without a competent ground game. The injury situation at quarterback was also mentioned by Turner as a reason for the offensive woes.
Kyle doesn't time on his side. Owner James Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have already shown their lack of patience in firing Chudzinski. Kyle could get more than one season to show progress, but he wont be around much longer than two seasons if things stay the same.
Until a proven, quality quarterback arrives, don't expect much to change for the better.
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